October 8, 2010 Sometimes, an unexpected event could help derail a candidacy that was thought to have momentum. Two case studies, in the West Virginia Senate race and the California gubernatorial contest.
August 28, 2010 In the Louisiana Senate primary, GOP incumbent David Vitter will face Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) in November. In West Virginia, Gov. Joe Manchin won the Democratic primary for the seat long held by Robert Byrd, and will face John Raese (R).
July 21, 2010 In a major disappointment to West Virginia Republicans, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) announced she would not seek the Senate seat formerly held by the late Robert Byrd in this year's election.
July 20, 2010 The West Virginia Legislature has passed a law allowing the state to hold a special Senate election this year to fill the seat of the late Robert Byrd. Gov. Joe Manchin (D), as expected, announced his candidacy today.
July 19, 2010 The West Virginia state Legislature failed to pass a bill calling for a special election to fill the late Robert Byrd's Senate seat this year. Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is now expected to call for one on his own.
July 16, 2010 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will name a replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd today, and the Associated Press is saying it will be former Manchin chief counsel Carte Goodwin.